What makes a plumbing situation an emergency that cannot wait until the next day? Although there are minor plumbing problems that one can handle single-handed others need experienced hands to correct.
Correcting a plumbing problem however depends on its seriousness and how better placed you are at handling it. If the problem seems too much for you it would then be wise to have a professional plumbing service take care of the situation. If your house is covered under an insurance policy, then the best step is to let a professional handle the situation.
Turning Off the Main Water Inlet
Shutting the house’s central water supply system as soon as you find water flooded in your house should always be your first step. This however depends on whether you can find the main shutoff valve in time. If you cannot find it, or it is submerged in the flooded area then call plumbing professionals immediately. You should also take the initiative to evacuate the house before these plumbers come to rescue. This should just be an insurance policy in case the flooding isn’t taken care of in good time.
Is It Possible To Control The Water?
Some plumbing problems are too small to make you panic. A simple slow leak can be contained by placing a bucket under it, then looking for ways to stop the leakage. This should also give you time to call a plumber especially if you can’t identify the leaky source.
Low Water Pressure
If water is not gushing out of the taps in the same pressure as it used to, then chances are there is a leak somewhere in or outside the house. This situation can lead to water loss, flooding and high water bills due to the leakage. If the pressure is too low, then try to troubleshoot the supply to find where the leakage is. If you cannot identify the leak, then chances are it is beyond the inlet valves. Only a professional plumber can rectify the problem at this point.
If no water is coming off the hot water taps
Most plumbing problems occur within the hot water supply system. If very little or no hot water is being dispensed through the hot water taps, then chances are something is broken. You can confirm this by running water on the house’s main supply system. If the water comes out, then your heating system is broken and needs repair. This is a not a problem you can handle yourself, and only a certified person should be allowed to service the water heating system.
Every hot water system, whether electric or gas heaters are susceptible to damage. These systems need to be serviced at least once in 3 months to prevent precipitation and clogging of distribution pipes. A failing hot water system can be a safety risk to everyone living in the house. Hot water leakages cause more havoc than cold water does, which is the reason why they need to be repaired before more harm is done. Calling a certified technician to repair the heater, or even install a new one is therefore recommended.
A blocked sewer drainage
A clogged toilet is normal considering you can unclog it by plunging. If you have however been trying to unclog the system to no success, leave it to a plumber. Pushing the drainage system further will make the clog tougher, meaning none of the waste materials will be moving at all. The worst of all, the waste will start flowing back into your house, which is nasty.
Plumbers have the training and machinery whose main purpose is to unclog blocked drainage system. The fun part about this is that, the system can unblock a drainage in 15 minutes or even less. That is how effective and efficient it is to use a professional plumber.
The way forward
Having to deal with water damage can be disheartening. Water leakage and flooding not only make furniture, and textile materials to rot, but also paves way for mold to grow in the house. Mold growth and exposure is harmful to every living thing, as it caused respiratory infections among many others. Nonetheless, all these can be prevented by having an emergency plumber take care of the mass.
The good thing with using an emergency plumber is that, he can save you from huge expenses on both mold remediation, energy and water bills. To avoid any inconveniences caused by leakage or broken water system, have a plumber look into your water system at least twice in a year.
If you have ever had to deal with flooding in your house, you then know the havoc water can cause. It is for this reason why you should always have a plumber look into the home’s plumbing system even if the slightest leak is identified. This will save you substantially in terms of money, convenience and peace of mind.